HATAMI

1928-2017

Hatami began his prolific career as a photojournalist in the early 1950s covering historic events and political figures in the Middle East, such as the opening of the Suez Canal and the coronation of King Hussein of Jordan. As a freelance photographer he pursued the story of the Iranian revolution in 1979 and risked his life to document the rebellion and the intertwining of politics and religion that effected the country and region.  Throughout the 1960s and 70s, in addition to documenting political events and individuals, Hatami moved on to capturing photographs of film-making and fashion. During his 50+ year career, Hatami provided many photos for magazines and newspapers around the world, including the covers of Life magazine, Paris-Match, Jours de France and fourteen covers of ELLE Magazine.

 

In 1962 Hatami was in Liverpool, England, where he was allowed backstage and into the dressing room of the Beatles and took legendary photographs of the Fab Four as they casually chatted and practiced prior to going onstage.  In the same time period, Hatami became a close friend and photographer to Mademoiselle Coco Chanel in Paris.  He recorded images of the royalty, celebrities, political and social figures as they wore Chanel fashions or attended private events.

 

Los Angeles became another home to Hatami in the late 60s where he was invited to movie sets to document films and photograph well known actors, such as Mia Farrow, Steve McQueen, Sophia Loren, Omar Sharif, Sharon Tate (a personal friend; Hatami later on testified in the trial against Charles Manson), Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich, Woody Allen, Jacqueline Bisset, Faye Dunaway and many others.

 

Hatami’s photographs have been exhibited internationally, and are in numerous private and corporate collections. The photographs are also registered with the Library of Congress.

THE BEATLES, 1962-1964

 

Hatami gained rare access to the Beatles in 1962, where he photographed them backstage in their dressing room before performing at the legendary venue, The Cavern, in Liverpool. Paris-Match sent him to cover the rising Beatlemania phenomenon, and he documented the Fab Four as they casually chatted and practiced, and also shot their portraits. Several other images of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show document their onstage performance and a filming break in tête à tête with their manager Brian Epstein. Within this series of photographs from the Liverpool Cavern are the earliest color images of the group. The 2012 issue of Newsweek magazine was dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Beatles and Hatami's color photos are highlighted. They include John holding his black Rickenbacker guitar, Paul with his Hofner bass and George his Country Gentleman guitar.

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

The Fab Four photograph 1962, printed 2005 archival pigment print on watercolor paper edition of 50 + 5 APs, signed and stamped paper size > 44 x 34 inches image size > 39.5 x 30 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Ringo Starr Livepool, 1962 vintage gelatin silver print, signed and stamped 10.75 x 7.25 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

The Beatles Backstage at the Cavern Liverpool, 1963 vintage R-print, signed and stamped 13.5 x 8.75 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

The Beatles with Manager Brian Epstein at the Ed Sullivan Show February 1964 vintage gelatin silver print, signed and stamped 11 x 7.25 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

The Beatles Backstage at the Cavern Liverpool, 1963 vintage gelatin silver print, signed and stamped 13.5 x 8.75 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

The Beatles at the Cavern Liverpool, 1963 vintage gelatin silver print, signed and stamped 13 x 9 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Beatlemania Liverpool, 1963 vintage gelatin silver print, signed and stamped 9 x 13 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

The Beatles at the Ed Sullivan Show February 1964 vintage gelatin silver print, signed and stamped 13.25 x 9.25 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison at the Ed Sullivan Show February 1964 vintage gelatin silver print, signed and stamped 7.25 x 11.25 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

The Beatles with manager Brian Epstein at the Ed Sullivan Show February 1964 vintage gelatin silver print, signed and stamped 11 x 7.25 inches

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COCO CHANEL,1962-1969

 

In 1962, Hatami became a close friend and the official photographer to fashion icon Mademoiselle Coco Chanel. The notoriously private designer allowed Hatami unparalleled access to the House of Chanel, the Atelier and her private apartment. Chanel allowed him to take photos of her at work as she developed her famous designs and also during relaxed moments in Paris and abroad.  Over the course of 8 years, he photographed Mlle. Chanel working on her designs, fitting models, and entertaining guests. Among the celebrities and royalty modeling Chanel fashions or attending fashion presentations are Catherine Deneuve, Marlene Dietrich, Françoise Hardy, Cyd Charisse, Romy Schneider, Annouk Aimee and many others. Hatami documented private moments with the legendary designer, showing a tender side to her personality in the final years of her life (she passed in 1971).

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Coco Chanel on the staircase of the House of Chanel, rue Cambon, Paris photograph circa 1962-1969 (printed later) gelatin silver print, AP, signed and stamped 9.2 x 6.5 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Coco Chanel in her private apartment, House of Chanel, rue Cambon photograph circa 1962-1969 (printed later) gelatin silver print, AP, signed and stamped 14.25 x 9.5 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Marlene Dietrich at a fashion presentation at the House of Chanel photograph circa 1962-1969 (printed later) gelatin silver print, AP, signed and stamped 14.5 x 9 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Tamara Nyman, Princess of Lichtenstein, and Anne Marie Sauert, Chanel model, wearing Chanel at the House of Chanel photograph circa 1963 (printed later) gelatin silver print, AP, signed and stamped 14.25 x 9.5 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Romy Schneider wearing Chanel, at the House of Chanel photograph circa 1962-1969 (printed later) gelatin silver print, AP, signed and stamped 14.5 x 9 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Three Chanel Models photograph circa 1962-1969 (printed later) gelatin silver print, AP, signed and stamped 9 x 14.5 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Coco Chanel in the Atelier, House of Chanel photograph circa 1962-1969 (printed later) gelatin silver print, AP, signed and stamped 12 x 16 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Coco Chanel, House of Chanel, Paris photograph circa 1962-1969 (printed later) gelatin silver print, AP, signed and stamped 9.5 x 14.5 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Coco Chanel with models, House of Chanel, Paris photograph circa 1965 (printed later) archival pigment print, AP, signed and stamped 11 x 15.5 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Coco Chanel and Romy Schneider, House of Chanel, Paris photograph circa 1962-1969 (printed later) gelatin silver print, AP, signed and stamped 14.5 x 9.5 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Catherine Deneuve wearing Chanel on the circular staircase of the House of Chanel photograph circa 1962-1969 (printed later) gelatin silver print, AP, signed and stamped 14.5 x 9 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Coco Chanel photograph circa 1965, printed 2007 archival pigment print, AP, signed and stamped 11 x 16.5 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Catherine Deneuve wearing Chanel on the circular staircase of the House of Chanel photograph circa 1962-1969 (printed later) gelatin silver print, AP, signed and stamped 14.5 x 9 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Coco Chanel in her private apartment, House of Chanel, rue Cambon photograph circa 1962-1969 (printed later) gelatin silver print, AP, signed and stamped 14.25 x 9.5 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Coco Chanel, House of Chanel, Paris photograph circa 1962-1969 (printed later) gelatin silver print, AP, signed and stamped 14.25 x 9.5 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Coco Chanel with guests in her private apartment, House of Chanel photograph circa 1962-1969 (printed later) gelatin silver print, AP, signed and stamped 9.5 x 14.25 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Coco Chanel in her private apartment, House of Chanel, with models photograph circa 1962-1969 (printed later) gelatin silver print, AP, signed and stamped 16 x 12 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Cyd Charisse wearing Chanel, at the House of Chanel photograph circa 1962-1969 (printed later) gelatin silver print, AP, signed and stamped 14.5 x 9.5 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Model wearing Chanel, Paris photograph circa 1962-1969 (printed later) gelatin silver print, AP, signed and stamped 14.25 x 9.75 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Françoise Hardy wearing Chanel, at the House of Chanel photograph circa 1962-1969 (printed later) gelatin silver print, AP, signed and stamped 14.5 x 9 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Catherine Deneuve and Chanel Models, House of Chanel, Paris photograph circa 1962-1969 (printed later) gelatin silver print, AP, signed and stamped 14.25 x 9.5 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Coco Chanel photograph circa 1965, printed 2007 archival pigment print, AP, signed and stamped 16.5 x 11 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Chanel Models, Paris photograph circa 1962-1969 (printed later) gelatin silver print, AP, signed and stamped 14.25 x 9.75 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Romy Schneider and Coco Chanel in Chanel’s private apartment, House of Chanel photograph circa 1962-1969 (printed later) gelatin silver print, AP, signed and stamped 9.5 x 14.25 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Coco Chanel with Mimi d'Arquangue, Philippe Grumbach and Lila Marquand at the House of Chanel photograph circa 1962-1969 (printed later) gelatin silver print, AP, signed and stamped 12 x 16 inches

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FILM SETS, late 1960s

 

In the late 60s, Hatami photographed the most prominent actors and actresses of the time. He was invited by film directors such as Jean-Luc Goddard, François Truffaut, David Lean, Roman Polanski and Charlie Chaplin to document the stars behind-the-scenes and on the set of films such as Rosemary’s Baby, Doctor Zhivago, Bullitt, The Countess of Hong Kong and many others. He explored film documentation and used cinematography to create the ‘Making of Rosemary’s Baby.’ Mia Farrow, Steve McQueen, Sophia Loren, Omar Sharif, Sharon Tate, Charlie Chaplin, Marlon Brando, Jacqueline Bisset, Woody Allen, and Marlene Dietrich, among many others, were some of the celebrities captured by Hatami’s lens. 

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Sophia Loren on the set of "A Countess from Hong Kong," 1966 Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire vintage gelatin silver print, signed and stamped 14.5 x 9.5 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Marlon Brando and Charlie Chaplin on the set of "A Countess from Hong Kong," 1966 Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire vintage gelatin silver print, signed and stamped 9.5 x 14.5 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Marlon Brando and Charlie Chaplin on the set of "A Countess from Hong Kong," 1966 Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire vintage gelatin silver print, signed and stamped 14.5 x 9.5 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Sophia Loren and Charlie Chaplin on the set of "A Countess from Hong Kong," 1966 Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire vintage gelatin silver print, signed and stamped 14.5 x 9.5 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Charlie Chaplin with his wife Oona O'Neill, 1966 vintage gelatin silver print, signed and stamped 9.5 x 14.5 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Faye Dunaway on the set of "The Thomas Crown Affair" photograph 1968 (printed later) R-print, signed and stamped 15.5 x 11.5 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Faye Dunaway on the set of "The Thomas Crown Affair," 1968 gelatin silver print, signed and stamped 15.75 x 11.75 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Faye Dunaway on the set of "The Thomas Crown Affair," 1968 gelatin silver print, signed and stamped 11.5 x 15.75 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Jacqueline Bissett on the set of "Bullitt" photograph 1968 (printed later) R-print, signed and stamped 15.5 x 11.85 inches

Hatami (1928-2017)
Hatami (1928-2017)

Jacqueline Bissett on the set of "Bullitt" photograph 1968 (printed later) R-print, signed and stamped 15.5 x 11.85 inches

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